A Langley Mill resident has voiced his concerns over the proposed construction of around 80 new houses on a medium-risk floodplain behind his home.
Paul Mason, 78, of Cromford Road, Langley Mill raised the alarm over the proposed site of 80 new houses after it was marked up for proposed development as part of the governments Core Strategy plan.
This is the second time development has been proposed on the site behind Plumptre Road and Hall Road after plans were thrown out when local residents informed the Environment Agency that the proposed housing would be built on a floodplain for Erawash River.
It was then that the Environment Agency classed the land as a medium-risk floodplain.
Paul said: “We’ve seen the land flooded by Erawash River before and it’d be an absolute nightmare if they built houses on the land.
“People say flooding on a wide scale is a once in one-hundred year thing, but that’s not a guarantee, you just don’t know, it could ruin the life’s of any families that move into one of the houses if they’re hit by flooding.
“When people buy a house they buy it in good faith.”
Not only does Paul worry about the wellbeing of any future residents that move into homes on the site but those already living in the area will be seriously affected.
“I’ve consulted with three different estate agents and they’ve all come to the conclusion that this would drastically affect those living nearby.
“I was told our houses could lose around 30% of their value which is disastrous.”
Robert Thorley Community Planning Manager at Amber Valley Borough Council said in response: “We are aware of the flooding problems although the suggested site is quite a way from Erawash River.
“We’re consulting with Severn Trent Water, the Environment Agency and others with interest in the strategy.”
Residents can have their say on the Core Strategy plans until the 8th of September.